The Wall Street Journal: Projecting its Own Neurosis and Blaming it on Global Warming

Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal blames his own neurosis on global warmingIn one breathtaking stroke of close-minded prejudicial rhetoric and disinformation, Bret Stephens, writing in the Wall Street Journal, was able to lump any and all concerned about climate change as anti-capitalist, hysterical, and sick.

A pretty impressive feat, but made easier when your grasp of science is weak and you employ, as David Sassoon points out in, the psychological illusion of “projection”.

That Mr. Stephens bandies about terms and phrases that may suggest an air of knowledge, he is, in terms of his factual assertions, either ignorant or purposefully misleading (it’s gotta be one or the other); and in his fear-based dogma equating global warming “believers” as pro-socialist anti-capitalist neurotics participating in some form of “sick theology” he belies his own neurosis – his own sickness.

Stephens states numerous “scientific” facts but fails to actually cite any of them. Where does he get his statistics from in his assertions regarding ocean temperatures? Perhaps from data such as is discussed in SkepticalScience, but if so, he’s failed – again either through ignorance or willful deception – to state the whole picture. Typical cherry-picking.

In regard to NASA’s “begrudging” (really? or is this his own characterization?) confirmation of U.S. temperature extremes, well, they’re just that – U.S. temperatures. His point gets skewed when we’re reminded that we are talking of global climate – and haven’t we been through this already when NASA first made their correction (in tenths of a degree) last year? In any case, aside from the error of presenting localized data when talking of a global issue (and again, Stephens is either talking through ignorance or purposefully shoveling B.S.), he fails to cite a source.

It appears he doesn’t want to get too deep into the science, either because he simply isn’t that interested in it or, what I suspect is likely the case, the deeper he goes the more it flies in the face of his weak-minded argument (or perhaps both).

But science really isn’t the point for Stephens anyway – merely it’s fragile foundation. It seems that, in his mind, “global warming” is some form of religion (albeit a “sick” one) that requires of its adherents an essential anti-American, anti-capitalist, even anti-humanity fervor in order to belong.

This is where Stephens shows his true colors by projecting his own fear-based neurosis on his antagonist.

Where does he get this notion? In fact, the future of entrepreneurial America, its position as leader in business, technology, and innovation lie in visionary men and women all over the country ready and eager to do their part in moving the country – and the rest of the world  – into a new, sustainable energy economy. One that works. If only people like Bret Stephens would get out of the way.

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with and meeting many of these people as the publisher of this blog and writer for I’m just a blogger. Bret Stephens purports himself, I assume, as a full-fledged journalist, entitled to all honors, awards, rights, and privileges of his journalistic fraternity. Perhaps there’s even a plaque on his wall with the word “Journalist” boldly imprinted upon it.

All I can suggest for Mr. Stephens, writing for an allegedly premier business publication, is that he get out more.

But there’s the rub. He doesn’t want to read the science in-depth, and he doesn’t want to get out and see what’s really happening with entrepreneurs ready to lead the charge to a prosperous and sustainable future for America in the 21st century.

He rather sit and accuse others of what he himself is guilty – and that is neurotic and sick.

Stephens would do well to look elsewhere for evidence of a “mass-neurosis”.

Sources and Further Reading:
Natural News
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Antarctica Cold? Yeah, We Knew That
U.S. Climate Extremes Index
U.S. Climate Change Program
Earth: The Sequel
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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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